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Online Graduate Programs in
Education, Autism Spectrum Disorders,
and Applied Behavior Analysis

The special education master’s and graduate certificate programs at George Mason University provide you with the skills needed to successfully help people with disabilities reach their potential. The programs are rooted in evidence-based and research-based practices, which lead to success in a wide variety of settings including schools, private practice, agencies, and even home environments.

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MEd in Special Education | ASD Graduate Certificate | ABA Graduate Certificate

MEd in Special Education Snapshot:

There are four foundational courses. Students will complete these four courses in conjunction with two selected focus areas: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis. Descriptions of those focus areas are outlined below.

  • 24
    Months
  • 30
    Credit Hours
  • Licensure*
  • Program can be
    completed in 2 years
  • 10 courses including
    4 core courses
  • Non-licensure in VA;
    Check with your state for
    licensure regulations

Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate Snapshot:

This certificate does not require any field experience (internship or practicum). Instead, the coursework has built-in simulations and application activities to aid in experiential learning. The program can be a stand-alone certificate or a specialization of the Master’s program.

  • 18
    Months
  • 15
    Credit Hours
  • Licensure*
  • Program can be
    completed in 1.5 year
  • 5 Asynchronous Courses
  • Non-licensure program

Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Snapshot:

Course content is derived from the Task List published by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB™) and is verified to meet course requirements to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Examination. The program can be a stand-alone certificate or a specialization of the Master’s program.

  • 18
    Months
  • 18
    Credit Hours
  • Licensure**
  • Program can be
    completed in 1.5 years
  • 6 Asynchronous Courses
  • Non-licensure teacher program;
    Prepares you to sit for BACB™
    exam if supervised
    experience requirements
    have been met

*Autism - This program is intended to provide advanced study of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). George Mason University is currently exploring autism-specific licensure opportunities that may exist in your state upon completion of the program; however, this degree program is not intended to fully prepare students for teaching licensure in any state. Students are strongly encouraged to be proactive and verify all licensure information.

*ABA - This program is intended to provide verified coursework for the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) credential. George Mason University is currently exploring ABA-related licensure opportunities that may exist in your state upon completion of that credential; however, this degree program is not intended to fully prepare students for teaching or ABA licensure in any state. Individual states may have additional requirements for licensure. The Association of Professional Behavior Analysts provides resources on ABA licensure. Students are strongly encouraged to be proactive and verify all licensure information.

**For Certificate Only - The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® has specific degree requirements for eligibility to apply for the BCBA® credential. Details can be found at https://bacb.com/bcba-option-1/

These certificates are currently under review for financial aid eligibility.

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Student-centered learning, not faculty-centered teaching.

Our research-based curriculum is designed to develop your proficiency in the competencies necessary for future success in special education, autism spectrum disorders, or applied behavior analysis. The coursework is regularly assessed and adjusted in response to:

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Master of Education in Special Education

The online master's degree in special education prepares classroom educators, and individuals working in a special education context outside of the classroom, with the specialized skills and content knowledge needed to support individuals with disabilities. Becoming an expert practitioner through advanced training enhances your employability and opens the door for new opportunities.

Connect with us to learn more about our high-quality courses and rich, meaningful engagement with professors and fellow students.